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Greenhouse Project talked about at R-VI board meeting

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

FFA Advisor Stacy French talked to the board about a possible greenhouse project.

FFA Advisor Stacy French talked to the board about a possible greenhouse project.

The Community R-VI School Board received a brief Greenhouse Project presentation from FFA Advisor Stacy French in last week’s board meeting.
French was checking with the board to see if she should move forward on seeking a grant and researching further the Greenhouse Project.
French discussed some of the costs that could incur on the project and also noted the importance of a site selection evaluation for a potential greenhouse.
A snap shot of the project was provided. One option could be a 24’x48’ design through International Greenhouse of Kansas City costing in the area of $21,500.
The total could include a heating system, controls, doors, and more but French wasn’t sure if it included the set-up.
The Van-Far R-I School District used the same company to purchase their greenhouse a couple of years ago.
She noted that a need for support would come in the way of providing the greenhouse with running water, propane, electricity, and concrete construction.
During discussion, it was also noted that there would be start-up costs for soil, plants, and more.
Community R-VI Superintendent Cheryl Mack said the item will be discussed further in the December board meeting. French said she will bring to that meeting more specifics on what exactly will be needed to be done to construct a greenhouse at the district.
Vicki Duenke and Jenny Troesser attended the meeting. They expressed that they were in favor of the Ag. Greenhouse Project and the need for a second Ag. education teacher. They also requested that the board look at a later starting date for back to school due to the State Fair dates in August.
Policy Updates
Superintendent Mack did discuss the possibility of adding a sentence to Policy 2115 in regards to transgender students. The new paragraph for restrooms would note that “if a parent/guardian requests an alternative option, the option will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, if agreement cannot be reached, the district will select the option that is in the best interest of all students.”
The board voted to adopt the policy updates and regulations labeled P4750, P5710, and R5710. The added paragraph to Policy 2115 was also approved.

FFA students Travis Swaim and Sirrina Dunn also gave the board an update on the trip to the FFA National Convention.
Caitlynn Cunningham made a presentation on CANVAS, a learning management system. She said a lot of colleges also use the system.
Michelle Ebers and Emma Jaccarino also gave an update on technology and plans for the future. Nicki Poindexter gave an update on how funds were used on equipment and technology in the elementary science lab.
Adriana Woodson, a 3rd grader, gave an update on each elementary classroom.
She shared how each classroom was still busy collecting dimes for their fundraiser this year and passed around a bottle to collect dimes from the board members. She announced the elementary Christmas program would be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. and passed out invites to each board member.
Bus Bids
Two bus bids were received by the district.
One came from Central States Bus Sales, Inc. for a 2018 Blue Bird for $89,735, a trade for $38,500, resulting in a new total of $51,2335.
The other came from Midwest Transit Equipment for $84,859, a trade for $39,000, resulting in a net total of $45,859.
The board voted to accept the Midwest Transit Equipment bid.

Superintendent Mack first shared the Transportation Report.
During the meeting, they also reviewed Annual Performance Report.
She informed the board that administration from Community R-VI and Van-Far have started discussion on a possible co-op for the sport of cross country. She said the item will be discussed again in the December meeting.
There were no updates from OPAA! at this time.
Community R-VI Elementary Principal Tammy Angel stated that the October attendance was at 97%.
The academic achievement award ceremony was held on November 15. There were 45 certificates were passed out to students. Finally, Principal Angel shared that the Laddonia Lady Bugs gave a generous donation of winter coats to the elementary.
As for the Secondary High School, Principal Angel reported on behalf of Secondary Principal Bob Curtis.
She stated that attendance ended at 95% for October with the 6th grade class in the lead at 98.5%. Barnwarming was hosted at the Duenke residence and was a huge success.
The Fan Fest was held on November 10 and Community R-VI families and staff had a great time!
There was $400 raised for the PBIS program. In his report, Principal Curtis noted that the Veterans Day assembly was wonderful and Sandy did another great job organizing it.

The board voted to approve the agenda and several consent items.
Those include the October 19 meeting minutes, transfer from Teacher’s Fund from General Fund, the nurse report, and approving of substitute teachers’ list.
Board member candidate filing dates were set for December 13, 2016-January 17, 2017. The seats up for re-election include Andrew Fairchild, Linda Gastler, and Greg Fort.
Due to the December meeting set to fall during Christmas break, the board voted to change the date to December 14 to avoid conflicts with family events.
The board approved the November 2016 bills.
The board voted to purchase additional MUSIC Liability coverage in the amount of $15,000,000.